“I ruptured my Achilles on the set of The Game Plan in Boston. I was playing a quarterback and popped it right on the field. They took me over to Fenway Park. Luckily, they were playing a game so all the surgeons for the Red Sox were there. After they did the tests, they said I had no Achilles. So I called renowned surgeon John Uribe, who has done all my stuff. I flew down to Miami and had it put together. The next day I was in the gym with my crutches, and since you can’t use a cast right after surgery because of the swelling, I just had gauze on it. I was training chest and having my buddies bring me weights. I was super-setting and I looked down and there was blood everywhere. Everyone was like, ‘;Are you okay?’ I was just said yeah and finished the workout. Two things happen when an athlete gets injured. Some guys say, ‘;F–k it, I’m going to wait it out 3-4 months.’ But with me and lots of other athletes, you find your eighth or ninth gear – a gear you’ve never gone to before – and say, ‘;I’m going to come back.’”
Dwayne Johnson

“Training for me is a metaphor for life, period. The dedication, the determination, the desire, the work ethic, the great successes and the great failures – I take that into life.”
Dwayne Johnson

“The one thing The Rock did above others was he never missed a day of training. It would be in the middle of the afternoon and we were supposed to be at the venue, and he would say, ‘;Hey, you want to come train with me?’ And I’d say, ‘;Hell yeah.’ I knew that when you worked out with Dwayne you got a good workout, but I also knew he paid for the gym fee, the parking ticket and the protein shake afterward.”
Kurt Angle, former WWE champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling

“I was working at Bally’s doing contracts. People would come in and I’d give them a tour of the gym. But then I said to my manager Bo, a big guy who held some natural powerlifting records: ‘;I want to train some people; get out there on the floor.’ He said okay. He was wonderful. And then I started training people even though I didn’t know how. I just trained them like I’d train myself. Women too. And then they would complain after the first workout, saying, “This guy is f–kin’ crazy!” That’s when Bo said I couldn’t train anybody anymore. I said, “Okay, thanks anyway.” (laughs)
Dwayne Johnson

“My first impression of Dwayne is that he was blessed genetically with his body structure and with having a father who worked with him at a young age. He’d always been around weights; that was always part of his life. When I got him as a freshman, he had a phenomenal build. For an 18-year-old kid he looked extremely toned and lean, and he was already blessed with a quality workout ethic.”
Brad Roll, former strength and conditioning coach for the University of Miami, current strength and conditioning coach for the Oakland Raiders

“Dwayne was much more health-conscious than everybody else. It was late ’80s/early ’90s and he was much more in tune with macronutrients and low-glycemic carbohydrates than other players. I’m not trying to tickle his balls or anything, but I’m telling you he thought outside the box before a lot of guys knew what the box was. In my opinion, he’s successful because he has always had a consistent work ethic, and even as a freshman or sophomore he was always more accountable and responsible than the other players.”
Brad Roll